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The Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) provides a continuum of supports to students with disabilities who reside within the boundaries of Redondo Beach. The vision of the special education department is to cultivate a collaborative community that maximizes the potential of all learners through a collective commitment to ensuring every student succeeds.


Our department is responsible for the planning and implementation of all special education programs and services, section 504 plans, and health services.


The information on this page is intended to provide parents with access to staff information and resources.


Jessica Silberling

Executive Director of Special Education




Preschool and Kindergarten Special Education Programs

The Redondo Beach USD is proud to offer a high quality preschool and Kindergarten special day class options at Alta Vista Elementary School. Our preschool is program is called LIFT which stands for "Learning is Fun Together." Our Kindergarten special day class is referred to as the LIFT-OFF! program. We also include typical peers, or "skippers" in our preschool special education classes, and all Kindergarten special day class students have opportunities to mainstream into general education Kindergarten.
Elementary School through Transition Special Education Programs

The Redondo Beach USD is also proud to offer comprehensive programming at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and transition levels. All elementary school sites operate in a learning center model wherein all students with IEPs start their day in a general education class and move to the learning center for academic support in areas of need, using various research-based intervention curriculum. Our elementary special day classes are located at Lincoln Elementary School.

Middle school programming includes a combination of core replacement classes called Foundations classes, designed to support students with mild to moderate academic needs. Both schools also offer collaboration classes with push-in support from special education staff, as well as focused intervention classes in reading and study skills. Our middle school special day classes are located at Adams Middle School.

Redondo Union High School offers a broad continuum of options for special education students including core replacement classes called Principles or Foundations classes, designed to support students with mild to moderate academic needs. RUHS offers collaboration classes for certain subjects with push-in support from special education staff, as well as focused intervention classes in reading and study skills. Additionally, the school has programs for special day class moderate to severe students, called Essential Skills or Independent Living Skills (ILS). Students attending Redondo Shores or Redondo Beach Learning Academy are supported by special education staff per their individual needs and receive services at those programs.

Students 18-22 eligible to attend the Transition Program participate in a wide variety of activities that incorporate functional academics, daily living skills, vocational skills, recreation and leisure, and mobility training, among others. The Transition Program is located at South Bay Adult School.
Southwest SELPA

All school districts and county school offices are required to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region (Special Education Local Plan Area, or SELPA) develops a local plan describing how it will provide special education services. SELPAs also support Community Advisory Committees (CAC). CAC is made up of school administrators, staff members, SELPA parents and members of the community. RBUSD is part of the Southwest SELPA.

Jessica Silberling

Executive Director

Special Education


Melissa Coughlin

Program Specialist

(310) 798-8683 x1324



Jessica Olshan

Program Specialist

(310) 798-8683 x1316



Jona Moorghen

Program Specialist

(310)-798-8683 ext. 1318



Joanne Balderas

LIFT Preschool Lead Teacher

Alta Vista Elementary School

(310) 798-8650 x3161



Nadine Zepeda

Administrative Assistant

Contracts and Billing

(310) 798-8683 x1301



Dana Belcher

Administrative Assistant

Purchasing, Transportation, Records, IEP scheduling

(310) 798-8683 x1311


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